Minneapolis-based space wave band, Astronomique, arose out of inspiration from French visual artist/singer/keyboardist, Logan Andra Fongemie’s (Satellite Voices), 1960s Space Age-themed drawings and paintings. In imagining a musical complement to her psychedelic artwork, Fongemie collaborated with guitarist, Sean Hogan (The New Monarchs), to create darker, dancey synthpop that would radiate a spacey French vibe. The band came by their name through a French picture book from Fongemie’s childhood, in which the words, “lunette astronomique,” were written beneath an illustration of a telescope. The later addition of drummer, Mitch Billings, to the former two-piece would spark the merging of organic elements with what began as a strictly electronic duo.
“Airy yet powerful, analog hearted with digital sheen, Astronomique makes spacey dance music that envelopes you with darkly beautiful waves of synths, fuzzed out guitars, and hypnotic vocals.”
- Adam Tucker, Signaturetone Recording